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International Day of Families—Watch, Read and Listen

The wellbeing of our loved ones has never been more on our minds. This year’s International Day of Families celebrates families in all their forms and raises awareness of the issues facing them across the globe. From parenting fails to stories of sibling support, our top recommendations of books, films, TV and podcast series recognise family matters.

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Little Women (2019)
Louisa May Alcott's most well-known and loved story, which is loosely based on her own relationship with her siblings, follows the four March sisters into adulthood as they find their place in the world.

Fences (2016)
Based on the 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, Fences follows former baseball star Troy Maxson as he tries to raise his family in Pittsburgh in the 1950s.

Running Through Life (2016)

Helene Moltke-Leth, independently directed and produced this short film as a single mother. It explores stress and how our modern lifestyles can trigger it.

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
When Olive Hoover finds out she is going to be a finalist in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant, her dysfunctional family pile into their old VW bus to support her.

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TV Series:

Little Fires Everywhere (2020)
Mia Warren and her teenage daughter arrive in Shaker Heights and become involved with the seemingly perfect Richardson family.

This is Us (2016)
The series follows the lives of the three Pearson siblings and their parents into the past, present and future across six decades, and all the joy and heartbreak that comes along the way.

The Crown (2016)
Family drama doesn’t come much bigger. The Crown is the (alleged) inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s life and the British royal family.

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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (2020)
The Vignes twin sisters grow up together in a small community before their lives take very different paths. Decades later they’re reunited, and their choices become apparent.

The Unlikely Adventures of The Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal (2019)
Three sisters that have never been close are thrown together to carry out their mother’s last wish: a pilgrimage across India to deliver her ashes to their final resting place.

Who Do You Think You Are? The Genealogy Handbook by Dan Waddell (2018)
The WDYTA? team shares its expertise in this easy-to-use handbook on how to find out where you came from and your family’s history.

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How Did We Get Here?
Claudia Winkleman teams up with clinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron and a different guest each week for an hour-long unscripted discussion about the struggles facing real-life parents and family members.

Talk To Your Mom
No topic is off the table in this mother-daughter podcast featuring Keyaira Kelly and her life coach mom, Tarawoner Kelly. Conversations cover raw and traditionally taboo subjects about love, sex, spirituality, healing and trauma.

Sh**ged Married Annoyed
Husband and wife duo Chris and Rosie Ramsey chat honestly and hilariously about life, relationships, dating and parenting, answering questions from the public and a secret celebrity each week.